Charles Webster Clark, 68, passed away Aug. 15, 2020, in Belfast. He was born Oct. 23, 1951, in Searsport to Robert and Marion (Curtis) Clark. Charlie was raised in Searsport by his “Nanny,” Janie Curtis, and grandfather Herman Curtis.

Upon graduating from high school, he joined the National Guard and served for six years. He was employed at an early age at the St. Regis Mill in Bucksport (later known as Champion, IP, and Verso Paper), and worked there for 34 years until his retirement in 2007. Charlie had a great work ethic and instilled it in everyone he knew. Working long hours during a shutdown was certainly not out of the ordinary, as he believed in supporting his family to the fullest.

In the mid 1990s, he started his own welding and fabrication business, Monroe Welding. He produced many trailers, enclosed trailers, multiple conveyor jobs for the Bucksport mill, and also performed various welding projects for local farmers, truck drivers, etc.

Not only could Charlie fix anything, but he could also build anything. Aside from a welding shop, he also had a woodworking shop where he built amazing shaker-style furniture and all sorts of items for his daughter’s primitive shop, which was also built by him. His creativity and craftsmanship were outstanding.

If you knew Charlie, you would know that he liked to play as hard as he worked. Anything motorized, from drag-racing cars to his two-wheel drive pull trucks, the “Monroe Mauler,” “Dad’s Gone Crazy” and “Outlawed Alkyhaulic,” to snowmobiles and race cars, Charlie liked to be part of it all. He believed in doing it and doing it well. A great joke or dancing to some Beach Boys and the No Warning Band were par for the course. He also greatly enjoyed high school basketball games.

Charlie was predeceased at the early age of 4 by both of his parents. He was also predeceased by his Nanny, Janie Curtis, grandfather Herman Curtis, in-laws Bud and Betty McAlpine, and sisters Ruth Ashley, Faye Webster and Joan Seekins.

He is survived by his wife, Linda, his daughter, Amy Orcutt, and her husband Alan. He took great pride in being a wonderful Papa to his grandchildren, Alannah, Sydney, and Emma. Also surviving are his siblings, Bobby Seekins and his wife, Shirley, Rita Dakin, Larry Clark and his wife, Nancy; brothers-in-law Joe Ashey, Jerry McAlpine, Larry McAlpine and wife Kathy; and his Labradoodle, Ben. He also leaves several cousins, nieces and nephews; and close friends Darren Shute, Randy Nason, Gordon Deane, Richie Bartlett and the entire Ryan Deane Racing family.

Charlie was loved by a lot of people, far and wide. He was competitive, honest to the core, free-spirited, overly generous and he loved beyond measure. He will be missed, and his absence will be greatly felt by all who knew him. Quite a guy, and full of character, he lived a life certainly well lived. As he said “I lived it my way.” Dad. Papa. Husband. Friend … The Best.

At his request, there will be no formal funeral services; however, Charlie was always up for a celebration. His family would love for you to join them Saturday, Aug. 22, at Steamboat Wharf on Steamboat Avenue in Searsport from 2 to 4 p.m. There will be a memorial from 2 to 2:30 p.m., followed by some great music and good eats. Please make sure to dress casual, and be sure to bring your own lawn chair.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the “Charlie W. Clark Trade Scholarship” Fund, c/o Linda Clark, Bangor Savings Bank, Clifford Commons, Bangor Road, Unity, ME 04988.

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